self-ef·​face·​ment ˌself-i-ˈfās-mənt How to pronounce self-effacement (audio)
plural self-effacements
: the placing or keeping of oneself in an inconspicuous role or position especially due to modesty or shyness
In his one-man show, satirist Robert Dubac takes aim at a culture that values the Kardashians more than character and ranks selfies over self-effacement. Judith Newmark
The polite self-effacement of his Midwestern upbringing came through … Jon Pareles

Word History

First Known Use

1853, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of self-effacement was in 1853

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“Self-effacement.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2022.

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